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Funeral Service Technology (Ridgeland)

Funeral Service Technology

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Thomas Garrett 
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Director, Funeral Service Technology
Madison Hall 204
Ridgeland Campus

David R. Jones (Click to email)
Instructor, Funeral Service Technology
Madison Hall 210
Ridgeland Campus

The Funeral Service Technology Program at Holmes Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, MO 64506; (816) 233-3747; Web: www.abfse.org.  This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

The goal of the program is to provide training that prepares students for entry-level positions after graduation and licensure. The curriculum is designed to provide students with ethical and professional knowledge in Funeral Service Education, exposure to career options available within the Funeral Service field, and experiences in the application of ethical and professional skills while emphasizing aspects of public health.

The central aim of the program is recognition of the importance of funeral service education personnel as:

  • members of a human service profession,
  • members of the community in which they serve,
  • participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession,
  • professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines (in the geographic area where they practice), as well as
  • professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, welfare in caring for human remains.

The objectives of the program are the following:

  • to enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession,
  • to educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary for the profession,
  • to educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large,
  • to emphasize high standards of ethical conduct,
  • to provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction, and
  • to encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.

The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE web site.

National Board Exam Statistics


# of Takers

# Who Passed

% Passed

2010 Arts




2010 Science




2011 Arts




2011 Science




2012 Arts




2012 Science




Funeral Service Technology Continuancy & Graduation Policy

  1. All Funeral Service Technology/FST courses, the accounting course, the computer literacy course, and BAD 2413-Legal Environment of Business must be passed with a minimum of a C in order to complete the program and graduate.
  2. FST 2811 — Comprehensive Review must be taken in the last semester of coursework.
  3. Students who have been inactive in the program for a minimum of a year will be required to retest each FST course previously taken. Students will not be required to retake courses for which they earn a minimum of a C on the retest.

The Funeral Service Technology Department is dedicated to training individuals in all technical and clinical areas of funeral service and to help them develop the skills necessary to enter the funeral service industry at an entry level.

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